COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH provides evidence comparing the effectiveness, benefits, and harms of different treatment options to help inform health care decisions.
THE UA CER GROUP, directed by Dr. Daniel Malone, Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the College of Pharmacy and Associate Professor of Public Health, formed in Fall 2010 after receiving a 3-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), via funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
Our goal is to help hospitals and other health care organizations select the best medicines for their patients’ needs by increasing awareness and use of CER reviews by their Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committees. Physicians and pharmacists on P&T committees make decisions about which medications to include on formularies based on safety and effectiveness.
The research team first assessed how P&T committees currently use CER in their decision-making processes. We then developed and delivered educational programs on the use of CER that are tailored for clinicians involved with the P&T committee process. Finally, we will evaluate the effectiveness of these programs.
Dr. Malone and the research team collaborate with experts from the University of Utah, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation on this grant. Members of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, the American Society for Health-System Pharmacy and Indian Health Service participate in the study. An expert Advisory Committee helps to guide all phases of the research.